Hello lovely! Time to talk probiotics.
I have a lot of people come to me and ask me what these “weird” drinks and supplements are that I have every day. When I tell them they are rich with probiotics, no one understands what I am saying. I have decided to take the time to research and provide you with the main questions on what probiotics are and what they do. Hopefully this will be useful for you and you can relate to why I started taking them because they have helped my health in so many ways!
Around one year ago I started to face digestive issues. My stomach would bloat too a point that was very unhealthy and painful. One night I cancelled all my plans to just sit in my dorm trying to suck in my stomach because it felt so bloated. Trying to suck in your stomach while your friends go out and have a good time is never the answer, so after visiting a gastrointestinal doctor, I had tests done and the two primary options for me were too cut small bits of dairy from my diet and to start taking probiotics…
What is a probiotic?
In order for our digestive system to work properly, we have around 100 trillion healthy bacteria living within our digestive tract that serve as our “helpful” bacteria in our bodies. They are naturally found in our bodies; however, due to stress and antibiotics, we can lose our healthy bacteria. Probiotic supplements, usually in pill form, drinks, such as Kombuchas (my addiction), and foods, such as yogurt are some of the best examples to get probiotics conveniently. They are not this uncommon phenomenon I promise!
For my body, I have tried out numerous supplements, including Meta Probiotic found at Kroger or all natural probiotics found at my local health stores that usually have to be kept refrigerated since they hold live bacteria. After one week of taking them, my bloating went away and my digestive tract was so much better. I highly recommend taking these and drinking Kombuchas!
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is defined as “a beverage produced by fermenting tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria”. Sounds scary I know and I get the weirdest stares on a daily bases when I bring them in class but they make me so happy so I get so pumped to talk about them! First off, they are fizzy like a carbonated beverage and over a year ago I gave up carbonated beverages, so this always hits the spot when I start to crave any carbonation. I got some amazing incite from Halle Cottis, author of Whole Lifestyle Nutrition with a list of the amazing benefits of Kombucha. I have provided a few from the list below:
- Probiotics – healthy bacteria
- Detoxifies the liver = happy mood
- Increases metabolism
- Improves digestion
- Boosts energy – fights fatigue
- Reduces blood pressure
- Relieves headaches & migraines
- High in antioxidants
- Improves eyesight
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My favorite flavors are Ginger, Ginerberry, Strawberry Serenity, and Multigreen. In addition to their amazing ingredients and flavors, one of the best parts of Kombucha is that the founder, GT Dave, built this raw food on love. On every bottle it reads,
“We believe good things come from small beginnings. That’s why we make our Kombucha in the same small batches I used from the start, in my mother’s kitchen. Our batches are small enough to hug. Which we do, because love is our number one ingredient.” – GT Dave
While writing this post, I am sipping on one of my favorite flavors, Gingerberry, and reading the words of enlightenment that they put on every bottle-
|”Only when you believe something to be impossible, does it become so” |
Cheers beautiful to healthy living! Go grab yourself a Kombucha today!